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Chevy High Performance February 2019

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muscle car summer

Nick.Licata@motortrend.com Growing up in early ’70s, September was the month that we went back to school after summer break (not in August like many schools do nowadays), and I remember the first assignment in English class was to write a paper (yes, actually write it with good old paper and pen) on “what I did on my summer vacation.” For some of us it wasn’t a big deal as we actually went to a specific destination for vacation. For those who didn’t go anywhere, well, they basically wrote about how they slept in or lain around the house and watched TV—reruns of Gilligan’s Island and Get Smart, most likely. It made for a boring paper so some “embellishment” had to take place to help avoid total humiliation since reading said paper in…

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what’s on demand this month?

•11/30/18 Auto Mundial •11/30/18 Motorsport Mundial •12/05/18 Engine Masters, Ep. 42 •12/07/18 Auto Mundial •12/07/18 Motorsport Mundial •12/14/18 Auto Mundial •12/14/18 Motorsport Mundial •12/17/18 HOT ROD Garage, Ep. 71 •12/21/18 Auto Mundial •12/21/18 Motorsport Mundial •12/21/18 Roadkill, Ep. 80 •12/24/18 Roadkill, Ep. 81 •12/24/18 Roadkill, Ep. 86 •12/28/18 Auto Mundial •12/28/18 Motorsport Mundial •01/21/18 Roadkill, Ep. 82 •02/18/19 Roadkill, Ep. 83 Programming Schedule: Racing Original Programming MotorTrend.com *The program information provided is subject to change.…

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straight line spotlight

Long-Lasting High School Affair Rick Mattioli has had a very long relationship with his Camaro. The racer of this Middlesex, New Jersey-based car acquired his 1967 model way back in 1980 and drove it to his high school graduation that year. After some rather humble beginnings racing at his then home track (Englishtown, New Jersey), Rick’s Camaro has remained in competition ever since. Fast forward to the current day, Rick’s impressively maintained car is a versatile piece active in both Super Pro bracket racing and NHRA’s Super Street 10.90 index class. It is powered by a 427ci big-block built by Ron Ross and Steve VanCraeynest. With that engine and without a throttle stop, Rick’s Camaro has a career best run of 9.12 at 146.22 mph. Mattioli receives valued support for his…

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track 1 camaro

SEE MORE PHOTOS AT CHEVYHIPERFORMANCE.COM To the cast at RideTech, the Track 1 Camaro is more than fun-to-thrash Detroit Iron. That’s just the car part. The real inference is that it’s a research and development tool that trades that old iron for more contemporary concessions. If you look at steel as analog then maybe traditional fiberglass and that fierce up-and-comer carbon fiber could be considered digital and you are aware of the considerable difference between them. Built as a counterpart to the conservative bolt-together 48 Hour Camaro, by comparison Track 1 veers violently off-register. It says: What do you want from this? What do you want to do? Well, then, just go ahead and get it done. We ain’t trying to be hiding back here. Where the 48 car was sourced and…

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48 hour camaro

SEE MORE PHOTOS AT CHEVYHIPERFORMANCE.COM I saw the early Mustang one afternoon on an early Power Tour (1997, I’m pretty sure). That was when it was still a fairly intimate gathering and before there were way too many cars suffocating that trail. There were legs sticking out from the rear bumper (there’d been a small electrical fire that Rob Kinnan was able to easily extinguish with a beer he happened to be holding—further details never mind). Those substantial limbs belonged to Bret Voelkel and it was a bit before anybody knew anything about RideTech, probably not even Bret Voelkel. Twenty years after that broiling tarmac story and dozens of pertinent products and integrated systems later, Voelkel was in a position, free to go nuts, doing stuff the rest of us can only…

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the oversquare solution

At first blush it sounds utterly unintuitive: Kneecapping the LS7, by trimming nearly 10 percent from its stroke, in order to build more horsepower. Right. And buying an extended warranty at checkout is a smart idea. Seriously, that’s what LS engine guru Brian Thomson has done to support the high-rpm needs of some enthusiasts who spend their track time on road courses rather than dragstrips—and it’s a fascinating look at engine theory and the priorities of power. In a nutshell, Thomson swaps the LS7’s standard 4.000-inch-stroke crankshaft with a shorter, 3.625-inch crank, which brings the displacement down to 388 cubic inches, or 6.35 liters. With the right camshaft and stock-port LS7 heads, the combo easily cranks out more than 615 naturally aspirated horsepower. “That’s no big deal,” you might think, when it’s easy to…